Dynavector 10x5 what is next?


After getting advice from some of you about analog upgrades, instead of
Jumping to a new phono I want to upgradel cartridge.
Rest of system.
Rega p5
Luxman 550 A II
Harbeth compact 7 ES3
PS audio phono
AZ cables
Nordost IC.

Thank you in advance for your time.
mountainsong
Dynavector Karat 17D3 would be a good pick. I have used it with a Rega 25, Harbeth Compact 7, Quad amp/preamp and thought it sounded great. You have to be sure your phono preamp has about 60db of gain.
What kind of price range are you looking at?

17D3 or a 20XL would both be good ideas if you like the Dyna sound. They also have different strengths and weaknesses, so I'd go with what best matches your preference. I use a Soundsmith rebuilt XX-2 Mk II and love it. Great sound in my set-up, and less fussy to set up than some LOMC carts. Tracks great too.
I've had the 10x5, 20xl and 20xH the17D and the xx2mk II. The 20x is a marginal step up the 17d is huge as is the xx2. The 17d is so clean and clear sounding you will be amazed. In a way I like it better than the xx2 but I think the overall balance is better with the xx2 you can't go wrong with either. I think you will certainly like the 20x better than the 10x5 but if you are looking for a big jump go at least to the 17d.
Thanks
Do you guys think the ps audio will be ok.
I like separation on instruments and deep soundstage,
Listen to all kind of music.
Very happy with harbeth/luxman.
I use the 17d3 with the ps audio GCPH it sounds fantastic and has plenty of gain.
Input Sensitivity/Impedance: phono (MM), 2.5mV/47kΩ; phono (MC), 0.3mV/100Ω

You should be able to run the Dynavector 17D3 into the phono stage on your Luxman wih no problem. See the specificatin above from Luxman.

Without trying to be snippy, you could have looked this up in the Luxman manual. I can't tell you about the PS Audio because you have not provided the model information. If you have a question people are happy to help and it is great when you provide the pertinent information.
 
Luxman 550 AII
Continuous Output

20W + 20W/8Ω  Class A
40W + 40W/4Ω

Total Harmonic Distortion

0.006% or less

 (8Ω at 1KHz)

0.03% or less

(8Ω from 20~20KHz)

 

Input Sensitivity /impedance

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Output Impedance

PHONO (MM)

: 2.5mV/47KΩ

PHONO (MC)

: 0.3mV/100Ω

LINE

: 180mV/42KΩ

BAL. LINE

: 180mV/79KΩ

MAIN-IN

: 450mV/51KΩ

57mOhm

Output Voltage

RECORDER: 180mV and PRE-OUT: 1V

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

PHONO (MM)

: Above 91dB

PHONO (MC)

: Above 75dB

LINE

: Above 106dB

 

Frequency Response

Tone Controls
Loudness Control

PHONO

: 20Hz~20,000Hz (±0.5dB)

LINE

: 20Hz~100,000Hz (+0dB ~ -3dB)

 

 

Bass ±10dB at 100Hz and Treble ±10dB at 10kHz

+7dB (±1dB) at 100Hz, +5dB (±1dB) at 10kHz

Controls

Power meter, headphones jack
Recording selector
Speaker selector (A and B), stereo / mono selector
Tone controls, balance and direct line
Sub sonic filter, loudness and line phase sensor
Remote control

Electric Power Consumption

190W (on, but without a signal), 1.3W (idle)

Dimensions

18.3” (W) × 7” (H) × 17.1” (D)

Weight

48.4 lbs

 
http://www.psaudio.com/products/audio/perfectwave-accessories/gcph-phono/
Thanks for posting the additional information. I had a system similar to yours and I think you should try a cartridge upgrade first. IMO speakers and cartridges make the most significant audible difference in a system.

Best of luck finding the system that makes you happy. It looks like you picked great speakers, amp and TT combination.
Thank you jperry,
Love luxman/harbeth for analog,
I will upgrade cartridge, any suggestion?
Regards
Dynavector Karat 17D3 would be a good pick. I have used it with a Rega 25, Harbeth Compact 7, Quad amp/preamp and thought it sounded great. See below for another recommendation for the 17D3 ($1,150) or XX-2 ($1,950). Retail prices shown for your reference in (). I have not heard the XX-2, but based on the comment below, and my own experience, I think the 17D3 is a better match for the Harbeth. The 17D3 takes some patience to set up because of the very short cantilever.

Ejlif (Quoted from earlier in this thread)
I've had the 10x5, 20xl and 20xH the17D and the xx2mk II. The 20x is a marginal step up the 17d is huge as is the xx2. The 17d is so clean and clear sounding you will be amazed. In a way I like it better than the xx2 but I think the overall balance is better with the xx2 you can't go wrong with either. I think you will certainly like the 20x better than the 10x5 but if you are looking for a big jump go at least to the 17d.
If possible you should see if your local dealer will allow you a loaner for a "test drive" on a cartridge. If you purchased other equipment from them, and they are currently using a model you want as a demo, this should not be a problem. What counts is how it sounds to you in your system. Not what I think or a reviewers opinion.

I hope you find a great match up for your system that puts a smile on your face.
If you like the Dynavector sound, then have a serious look (listen) to the Dynavector DV-20X2 MC cart. I'm using it on my new Rega RP6 and it sounds amazing!
FYI - No affiliation with seller. What did you end up doing? Did you buy a cartridge?

http://www.audioasylumtrader.com/ca/listing/Phono-Cartridge/Dynavector/17D3/As-new/75035
I havent, I am still looking for the 17D3 on a good deal.
thanks I will check it out now.
Jperry thank you very much, I already purchased, you rock man.
enjoy your thanksgiving!
You are welcome. I think that is a good deal - about what I paid for the one I bought. Let us know how you like it after it is up and running.

Happy Thanksgiving!!
I thinking I will need some help, cause i have been reading something about some tech challenges to proper alignment!
I will let you know.
regards